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Which valve cover.

My wife thought the valve covers on my lt1 look a bit plain and unfinished so I fabricated a trim plate to mount on top and machined some stainless washers to go under the chrome acorn nuts. I'm not sure I'm crazy about it.
What you guys think?



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Old 05-11-2013, 07:40 PM
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Look's very nice to me..

Might look good to with just the top's red like the bottom,, Or Do them to match the firewall.. But they do look good just like they are..
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Or Do them to match the firewall..
I second this. I think it'd look pretty cool.
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I agree with color match but first cut the trim plate you made in half and round the new ends so it makes two then change the brass color to brushed aluminum then the cap red. Imo im not a fan of weird shiny so I would remove the diamond shiny everywhere and color match that as well...even though I know thats not the question.
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I think #2 looks best ,I am a fan of the machined engine turned look ,,Very labor intensive,KEEP IT..IMO

What is this installed in.
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The engine is in a 1959 Rambler American.
It's cool to get other peoples opinions. I know the busy engine compartments aren't for everyone and I probably got a bit carried away but I enjoy fabricating hardware.
Thanks for your input.
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The engine is in a 1959 Rambler American.
It's cool to get other peoples opinions. I know the busy engine compartments aren't for everyone and I probably got a bit carried away but I enjoy fabricating hardware.
Thanks for your input.
Super nice ,love the color ,and the Rambler, Post more pictures when you progress

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ok why the engine red??
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accent.the base color..??
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Opinion, personally I think it's too much. But that car is so friggin bad ars either way like it really makes a difference.

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that map needs some love
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I agree,, Make a cover for the top of the Map.. Even if it just a shiny plate sitting on top..

You can't go over board with that engine bay,, It fit's the car...Never to shiny under the hood..

It's in the Detail,Detail, Detail,, That make's a car stand out,, And you hit the nail right on the head...
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I think they look way better with...
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I say narrow it down a little, paint them red and in the middle just over the width of the spacers, do some engine turning on that...just an engine turned accent down the middle of the red trim piece; and cover up that MAP. sheesh LOL

Edit: maybe even just a wide red stripe a little wider than the spacers? Something to break up the flat 'grey on grey' space on top of the valvecover, you're losing a lot of dimension there and its compounded by the fact you've got tons of stuff going on there. Dont go overboards, just something to break it up. Know of a local Pinstriper?

Love the car. How did you do the engine turning? Craytex on a wooden dowel in a drill press?

Maybe you could do a "How To" on the layout and materials for us younger guys to do engine turning?
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You guys shamed me into it, I removed the map sensor today and will mill a cover for it.
Auto Gear, The machine turning on the plate on the manifold was done with a kit from Eastwood. They come in 1/2" or 1" diameter and appear to be some sort of rubber impregnated with various compounds. I did mine with the 1/2" diameter roll and the most difficult part is maintaining the spacing for the overlap. I did mine in a milling machine so indexing was easy and accurate but still easy to screw up, ask me how I know I was getting the hang of it by the time I made the plate on the manifold because I made all the plates for my custom dash.

I wanted to carry the machine turning into the engine compartment so I continued the 1/2" circles and 3" circles on the stainless steel firewall.
The firewall I did with 3" scotchbrite pads. I laid out the circles a row at a time with a magic marker and used the mill like a drill press and just laid the scotcbrite pad in the circles. It took a bunch of pads though, stainless is tough.
Also, when doing the 1/2" circles on aluminum you have to get the speed right, to fast and it will burn the aluminum, to slow and it doesn't cut well. I forget what speed I ran it at but it was around 600 rpm.
I used a mix of water and wd40 for coolant and dabbed it on with a brush. I could only get around three or four circles before the rubber roll would need to be dressed because it seems to load up.
I would dress it with 220 grit adhesive backed sand paper stuck to a piece of flat stock that I could just lay on the mill table and bring the spindle down to touch the paper that way it would dress the rubber roll flat so you get a clean circle.
It is very time consuming, so patience is a virtue
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